2018, Malaysians stood tall for the first time in many years and shocked themselves as well as the world by carrying out a peaceful and democratic transition of power in Putrajaya to give hope to Malaysians and the world not to give up on democracy, however noisy and messy it might be, as a system of governance. 2019 will probably be the most decisive year in the nation’s history which will decide whether the New Malaysia the Pakatan Harapan coalition of DAP, Bersatu, PKR and AMANAH want to build is a work-in-progress or a sheer chimera.
May 9, 2018 allows Malaysians a hitherto unimaginable chance to re-set nation-building policies, but a New Malaysia cannot be built or completed in 100 days, two years or even a five-year general election cycle but will take a decade or two to accomplish. A New Malaysia is struggling to be born and all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, politics, gender, sex, inside the country or in the worldwide diaspora, must take ownership of and participate in the process of the making of a New Malaysia. The journey towards a New Malaysia must strike deep roots in 2019 in terms of structural and institutional reforms in 2019 to transform Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity; restore the rule of law; entrench democracy; reform the educational system to make Malaysia a top world-class nation; unite Malaysians of diverse races, religions and cultures and leverage on the assets of the different races, religions, cultures and civilisations which meet in confluence in Malaysia to build a new global civilization.
In short, Malaysians must reach for the world and must compete with the rest of the world instead of among themselves. From an era of ketuanan Melayu, all Malaysiansn must move to an epoch of ketuanan Malaysian. Nation building must not be a zero sum game but a win-win formula. We must fight for the rights of the Malays but not at the expense of the non-Malays. We must fight for the rights of the Chinese in Malaysia, but not to the detriment of the non-Chinese. Similarly, we must fight for the rights of the Indians in Malaysia without being a threat to the non-Indians in Malaysia. Similarly for the Kadazans, Ibans and Orang Asli communities in Malaysia.
Let 2020 be the year Malaysians can begin to celebrate the fruits of a New Malaysians.
The Cameron Highlands by-election will be historic for many reasons. It will highlight the Pakatan Harapan’s commitment as expressed in the May 9, 2018 decision of the 14th General Election to save Malaysia by transforming Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity. It will be the first by-election caused by the commitment of Orang Asli to a clean and incorruptible government, electoral integrity and hatred of electoral abuses including corruption and money politics. Corruption, money politics and electoral offences took place all over the country, but such electoral offences had been allowed to take place with impunity and immunity until the Orang Asli from Cameron Highlands took a stand with several of them becoming key witnesses in the election appeal which led to a Cameron Highlands by-election.
The victory in the Election Court resulting in the holding of a by-election on January 26 demonstrates that Orang Asli, like the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans also want change in the national political system where every Malaysian citizen can enjoy justice and fair play. The by-election will be an opportunity for the Orang Asli in Cameron Highlands – which is the parliamentary constituency with the most number of Orang Ali voters, followed by Tapah and Gua Musang – to set the historic pace for the 200,000 Orang Ali in the country by holding a National Orang Ali Conference to formulate a blueprint for the upliftment of Orang Asli community in Malaysia. This National Orang Asli Conference must be decided by the Orang Asi leaders, and the idea should be discussed with JAKOA (Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli) and the Orang Asli NGOs.
I appoint the Deputy Minister for Water, Land and Natural Resources, Tengku Zulpuri, DAP MP for Bentong, Wong Tack and the former Pakatan Harapan parliamentary candidate for Cameron Highlands, A. Manogaran as members of a panel of advisers to explore with JAKOA and Orang Asli NGOs on the.possibility of holding such a National Orang Asli Conference.
Kenyataan Media Bersama Ahli Jawatankuasa Pemuda Sosialis DAP (AJK DAPSY) Leong Yu Sheng, Tan Tiong Yih dan Woo Kah Leong pada 30.12.2018. Kami menyokong penuh kenyataan Ketua ARMADA Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman yang menegur perwakilan PPBM yang meminta kontrak daripada kerajaan dalam Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan Bersatu Ke-2. Saudara Syed Saddiq telah mengecam sesetengah perwakilan PPBM yang telah menggunakan pentas perhimpunan agung untuk meminta kontrak daripada kerajaan. Malah saudara Syed Saddiq turut menyentuh bahawa dahulunya UMNO pun tidak pernah membangkitkan isu kontrak di khalayak ramai dan beliau turut bertanyakan di manakah maruah mereka.
Sesungguhnya budaya kontrak dan amalan kronisme merupakan sebab utama kejatuhan rejim UMNO BN dalam PRU yang lepas. Dahulunya kebanyakan pemimpin UMNO mengejar kekayaan melalui wadah perolehan kontrak dan inilah yang menyebabkan rakyat jelata secara umumnya membenci akan UMNO dan seterusnya menolak UMNO BN apabila tibanya hari pengundian. “Pemimpin Pakatan Harapan, tidak kiranya daripada parti apa mahupun pemimpin peringkat mana-manapun, harus menunjukkan perbezaan mereka dengan rejim UMNO BN dalam berpolitik. Pemimpin kerajaan baharu tidak seharusnya mengulangi kesilapan rejim terdahulu yang telah terjerumus dalam budaya pemberian kontrak kepada kroni-kroni,” ujar ketiga-tiga AJK DAPSY tersebut.
Kami menyeru semua pemimpin Pakatan Harapan untuk menunjukkan kepimpinan melalui teladan dengan memastikan bahawa tiadanya budaya pengambilan kontrak untuk kepentingan diri sendiri ataupun pemberian kontrak kepada kroni untuk sebarang projek kerajaan lantaran rakyat sedang menilai dan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan tidak harus membiarkan barah ambil kontrak yang merebak dalam kalangan UMNO BN untuk sesekalipun wujud dalam Pakatan Harapan.